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Snow 'intensifying again' on Sunday, Environment Canada forecasts

Plows were out in full force in Charlottetown on Saturday. (Shane Ross/CBC - image credit)
Plows were out in full force in Charlottetown on Saturday. (Shane Ross/CBC - image credit)

P.E.I. is expected to get a reprieve from heavy snow overnight, but Environment Canada is continuing with its special weather statement with more precipitation on the way.

"There will be a brief break in heavy snow overnight tonight, before intensifying again on Sunday afternoon. Total snowfall amounts could reach 20 to 40 cm by Monday," the weather service said.

The snow began Friday night and caused some businesses and events to be cancelled or postponed.

Flights in and out of Charlottetown Airport were cancelled Saturday.

Holland College announced all its locations would remain closed Saturday due to the weather.

The University of Prince Edward Island will also remain closed for the day, though women's and men's basketball games against Dalhousie University were scheduled to go ahead at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre.

UPEI's Atlantic Veterinary College teaching hospital will remain open for emergencies.

The snow will accumulate steadily through the weekend, says CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.
The snow will accumulate steadily through the weekend, says CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

The snow will accumulate gradually through the weekend, says Scotland. (Jay Scotland/CBC)

Blowing snow from northeast winds could cause reduced visibility on roads, Environment Canada said.

"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow."

RCMP are advising motorists to be careful on the roads.

"Ensure your vehicle is fully cleared of all snow, all windows are cleared off, lights are cleared off and importantly, make sure your lights are on. Daytime running lights do not turn on your rear taillights making it very difficult to a car from behind," police say in an email to CBC.

The weather system will linger over the region all weekend, said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland, and we're likely to see daily snowfall totals of five to 15 centimetres.

Temperatures are expected to remain just below freezing.